V For Vendetta, X-Men 3, Smallville, 300: The Comic Reel Wrap for December 26th

Mon, December 26th, 2005 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

V FOR VENDETTA

Actor Hugo Weaving sat down for an exclusive interview with Dark Horizons, where he talked about his preferences in what films to choose and the challenges of playing a role where his face is never seen. "It became something slightly different so that was pretty interesting," Weaving said. "Still I think we were still trying to go through a performance and that was very important because ultimately I realized, well the performance did start to bring the character to life, and initially I was thinking much more in terms of the outward effect and, well if I do this or if I do that. I mean the mask is still like that or that or if I do certain things and punctuate certain words with certain movements, then that will animate it. And it did to a point and then the more I did it, the more I forgot about those tiny little movements and the move the performance started doing those things for me."

X-MEN 3

Comics Continuum has quotes from actress Halle Berry, who liked getting a chance to show off her powers in the latest sequel. "I've worn this cape for two movies now and I never flew," Berry said. They also have a photoaphoto of her coming in for a landing.

Meanwhile, the XVerse is reporting that principal photography has wrapped, and the film heads into post production at the end of January.

SMALLVILLE

Kryptonsite spices up their spoilers with revealing who has been cast as a certain metal-minded DCU guest star.

In other news, actress Eric Durance was the focus of a special feature in the Detroit News. "Obviously this is about Superman growing up and they brought Lois Lane in earlier, before the Daily Planet. And if you're going to have them already getting along, it would kind of wreck the process," Durance says. "So what they wanted to do is create an interesting relationship that he's never had to experience before. He's got Chloe, who's in love with him, and he's got Lana, who's in love with him, and then suddenly somebody comes in and says, 'You're just an idiot.' It kind of makes him think. So I think they wanted to add that layer."

300

Following in certain Kryptonian footsteps, the first video journal for Frank Miller's excellent Spartan adventure has been posted at the film's official site.

GHOST RIDER

Director Mark Steven Johnson dropped in at the Superhero Hype message boards to answer fan questions about the Nicolas Cage vehicle. "I'm not going to lie to you -- it's been harder than anyone thought," Johnson said, talking about the effects process. "CGI fire is known as one of the most difficult things to portray on film. There is a fire simulation program that they've created just for the movie that looks amazing, so that the fire moves naturally with Ghost Rider, whether he's walking or riding on the Hellcycle or standing in the wind atop a 75 story building. The incredibly tedious part is that the fire needs to be tweaked on a shot by shot basis. We analyze the fire constantly -- is it too rich, flickering too fast, too transparent, etc.? Also, how much fire, the hue of the flame, etc. depends on the Ghost Rider's mood. Naturally, most of the time his mood is pissed off! But there are times when we see the tortured side of him as well. And now that we're dialing in the flames as they pertain to Ghost Rider, we have to do the same thing with the Hellcycle. Of course, the villains all have different visual effects as well. So it's been a wild ride in the FX world."

KWANZAA DAY ONE: UMOJA

Last year, instead of my normal smarmy little last lines, during the final week of December I posted which day of Kwanzaa it was. Because I celebrate Kwanzaa, and it was on my mind. This got some ... interesting responses, many thinking that I was mocking the holiday because they did not believe that I as actually of African descent (I'm not sure if the surprise was because somebody Black worked, even this tangentially, in comics, or if being Black itself was the issue). I'm gonna do it again this year, because I'm still celebrating it and I've had the unusual gift of learning the true value of tolerance by being placed in a position where to benefit from it.

Anyway, here's where you get in on the action. Did you see a link we didn't catch? Have you snuck into a closed movie set, and have inside data? Maybe your cousin is dating somebody who knows something, and they had to tell you? Whatever it is, we wanna know it all -- fire off an email and let us know whether you want your name used or your contributions to geekdom to go down anonymously. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is novelist/reviewer/karaoke host/all-around lunatic Hannibal Tabu saying thanks for your time and indulgence, and [tagline sent back to development hell until something hipper can be dreamed up].

 
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